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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jun 7, 2009 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What If I Only Listened To 1968?

I recall reading fans of the "early days" who went to see the Dead in late '71 or '72 and complained about how lifeless the band was all of a sudden, compared to how they'd been before.... Keith must be the culprit!
Well, it must have been gradual...playing larger venues, more distant crowds, Pigpen fading out, the music getting more countryfied. The main difference you can hear on the tapes is how much less banter there is in '72.

Of course, there's not really a correlation between a peppy demeanor and fiery music....after all, if you watch films of one of your favorites, Clapton in Cream, all he does is stand there, maybe grimace sometimes, hardly even nods to the audience.....but that guitar howls.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jun 8, 2009 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What If I Only Listened To 1968?

Energy isn't necessarily represented by jumping around on stage. Look at early live Beatles concerts, where they do "Twist And Shout". You'd think John would be jumping around like a maniac, considering his paint-peeling vocal on that number, but he barely moves his head, much less his butt. Yet we hear all this incredible energy and aggression in the vocal. Same goes for the Dead: you might just see them standing still, but what you're hearing is some incendiary The Eleven that is taking off like a Sabre jet... :)